The term “negative space” is one of the first things you learn in art class, but it’s an innate concept. You’ve already seen it—you just needed a name for it.
Oftentimes, negative space goes unnoticed. If it’s not adding anything meaningful to an image, then it might as well be invisible. But when this area is considered, it can transform how we look at something. The optical illusion Rubin’s vase is one of the most well-known examples of the power of negative space. When emphasized, an ordinary vase becomes two elusive portraits. Likewise, the FedEx logo looks much more interesting when you realize its secret hiding in plain sight: the space between the “E” and the “X” form an arrow.
Here are 10 artists taking the concept of negative space and highlight it in their tattoos.
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